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Many reasons behind recruitment 'crisis', say departing teachers

Pandemic and union talks tip of iceberg

Tension with the education department and the difficulties caused by the pandemic are just the 'tip of the iceberg' when it comes to the teachers 'recruitment crisis'.

Student behaviour, few added incentives, little government help in moving to the Island, and a lack of autonomy in the classroom.

Those are all reasons given by local teacher Rebecca Toher.

Mrs Toher has taught Physics at Ballakermeen High School in Douglas for eight years, but not for much longer.

She's one of six staff leaving the school at Christmas:

Manx born Music and Performance teacher Emily Coates is also part of the six staff soon to leave. 

She believes the ongoing tension between the education department and teachers has created a culture of disrespect for teaching staff and others in the public sector:

Responding to an emergency question in Tynwald yesterday (17 Nov), asking how the education department will respond to the recruitment crisis in Manx schools, Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson made the following statement:

 

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